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2018 Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park
Tuesday evenings, 5:30 p.m. (July 10, 17, 24, 31)
Symphony Community Park, 39 Edgerly Road

Enjoy free summer concerts at Symphony Community Park, presented by Fenway Civic and Friends of Symphony Park in collaboration with Berklee College of Music. Concerts are fair-weather only. For more information, contact fenwaycivic@aol.com

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Saturday, July 7
Star Festival: SPACE AND TIME
Reception: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ; Poetry reading and music performances from 8 p.m.
Kaji Aso Studio, 40 St. Stephen Street

Group exhibition of artworks and poetry and music inspired by the Japanese “Tanabata” legend.
Free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. For more information, contact administrator@kajiasostudio.com

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World Cup Watch Party & Potluck

Sunday, July 1
World Cup Watch Party & Potluck
Doors open 9:30 a.m.
Fenway Community Center, 1282 Boylston Street (enter on Jersey Street)

Join your fellow Fenwickians at FCC for our World Cup Watch Party & Potluck! This free event will feature two games (Spain/Russia, 10:00 AM & Croatia/Denmark, 2:00 PM), drawings for tickets to see Luke Bryan (July 6) and Foo Fighters (July 21) at Fenway Park, and refreshments and snacks provided by FCC in addition to snacks from attendees. Although we invite attendees to bring a small dish to share, it is NOT required to do so in order to attend! Even if you haven’t been following the World Cup, come by to meet your neighbors and get out of the heat! For more information, visit www.fenwaycommunitycenter.org

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CITY OF BOSTON PARKING TICKET FINE INCREASES EFFECTIVE MONDAY, JULY 2, 2018

Overnight towing for street cleaning will end, daytime towing for street cleaning will continue

Fines will be increased effective Monday, July 2, 2018, for parking in violation of eleven City of Boston parking regulations. The fines to be increased reflect those violations that most negatively impact Boston residents, are most frequently violated, and are a source of traffic congestion and safety issues on Boston’s streets. Also effective July 2nd, vehicles parked in violation of the City’s posted overnight street cleaning program, where street cleaning begins at or after midnight and ends no later than 7 AM, will no longer be towed. However, vehicles parked illegally at these locations will be subject to an increased parking violation fine of $90. Vehicles parked in violation of the daytime street cleaning program will continue to receive parking tickets with a fine of $40 and will continue to be subject to towing by a private contractor which results in additional fees.

“Parking regulations are a crucial component of urban transportation systems and abiding by them helps considerably to keep streets safe, functioning and equitable,” said Boston Transportation Department Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. “For instance, safety is improved when hydrants, wheelchair ramps and snow emergency lanes are not blocked; traffic congestion is eased when vehicles are not double-parked or left in no parking zones; and the parking needs of residents, businesses and visitors can best be balanced when drivers refrain from parking illegally in both resident parking and loading zones, as well as from monopolizing short-term parking availability at meters. Boston drivers are strongly encouraged to voluntarily comply with all posted parking regulations and help BTD to maintain the safety of our roadways.”

The parking violation fines to be increased are as follows.
Resident Parking, from $40 to $60
Overnight Street Cleaning (Ticket But No Tow), from $40 to $90
Loading Zone, from $55 to $90
No Parking Zone A, from $55 to $90
No Parking Zone B, from $25 to $55
Double Parking Zone A, from $45 to $55
Double Parking Zone B, from $30 to $55
No Stopping or Standing, from $75 to $90
Meter Fee Unpaid, from $25 to $40
Over Meter Time Limit, from $25 to $40
Over Posted Time Limit Zone A, from $25 to $40

In City of Boston fiscal year 2017, over 1.3 million parking tickets were issued in Boston. Yet, BTD continues to receive requests for parking enforcement. In the first ten months of fiscal year 2018, over 33,000 parking enforcement related requests were received through the City’s 311 system.

South End resident Stephen Fox commented, “The South End welcomes stronger enforcement measures, including increased fines, as one critical tool to help manage the transportation challenges and the traffic and parking crisis that grows every day in this neighborhood. There is no neighborhood that better illustrates the need to use every tool in the toolbox to begin to address the full range of parking challenges than the South End. We need to be bold more than just measured in addressing this issue.”

Revenue generated from the increased parking fines will be invested in the continued implementation of transportation priorities established in Go Boston 2030, the City’s long term transportation plan. An unprecedented public engagement process helped to identify 58 projects and policies prioritized in the plan. The projects and policies work toward a complete streets design to Boston’s roadways that serves all users whether people choose to travel by foot, by car, by bike, or by MBTA and other forms of public transit. The revenue generated will also allow for the staffing of 20 positions within BTD. Specific Go Boston initiatives to be undertaken as a result of these funds are as follows.

  • Vison Zero safety enhancements including constructing additional Neighborhood Slow Streets zones and protected bike lanes, and fixing the most challenging intersections.
  • Advancing Boston’s strategic bike network by building out high quality bike infrastructure.
  • Creating Boston’s first Transit Team to work with the MBTA to improve public transit. Among other responsibilities, the Transit Team will design exclusive bus lanes and implement traffic signal improvements to benefit mass transit.
  • Building a better pedestrian network through the Walkable Streets program.
  • Filling missing bike and pedestrian connections to parks and paths through the Green Links Program. Three are currently underway: the Roxbury-Fenway Connector linking the Southwest Corridor and the Emerald Necklace; the Roslindale Gateway Path; and a multi-use path connecting Fenway and Yawkey Stations.
  • Advancing the use of adaptive traffic signal technology. BTD is currently working with MassDOT to pilot this technology in the Seaport District.
    Expanding the Performance Parking Program to all City of Boston parking meters.
    Developing policies and programs focused on Transportation Network Companies, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
  • Working with local transportation associations and developers to manage privately funded street improvements to directly benefit the surrounding neighborhood
  • Dedicating additional revenue toward the Parking Meter Fund to support neighborhood transportation projects.

For more information on Go Boston 2030 see: https://www.boston.gov/departments/transportation/go-boston-2030#vision-and-action-plan

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Dear Members and Friends:

We are happy to announce the appropriation of $200,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to benefit the Westland Avenue Gateway restoration project, recommended by the Community Preservation Committee and Mayor Walsh and passed by City Council on June 20th.

FCA has long advocated for repairs to the Johnson Gates and the surrounding parkland and pathways. These CPA funds, combined with City allocations, will allow for the stabilization and repair of the Johnson Gates and the full scope of proposed improvements to the Westland Avenue Gateway’s parkland and pathways. We look forward to a repaired monument and improved parkland for all Fenway residents and visitors.

Fenway Civic would like to thank the Community Preservation Committee, Mayor Walsh, Boston City Council, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and all FCA partners who have helped advance this work.

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What: Fenway Civic Association invites all to the annual picnic. Bring your own supper or enjoy light refreshments courtesy of Samuels and Associates and Fenway star Market.
When: Tuesday, June 12th (Rain Date: June 19th) from 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Outside of the Kelleher Rose Garden (across from 85 Park Drive)

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Mayor Walsh Coffee Hour Series: Fenway, June 12th

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 19th Annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from April 25 to July 11. “Our Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents the opportunity to come out and spend time in their neighborhood parks and playgrounds, while meeting and talking to City representatives about issues that matter to them, their family, and their community,” said Mayor Walsh. “I encourage residents to stop by to chat and enjoy a morning outdoors with coffee, snacks, and flowers from our Parks Department greenhouses.”
For your locations, click here.

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